Encompassing the varied delights of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and neighbouring islands, Australasia is a treat for wildlife lovers.  New Zealand has an unique avifauna, which filled the gaps left when mammals failed to arrive.  In Australia and PNG, instead of cats, dogs, deer and the like, we find marsupials and monotremes.  Marsupials evolved to fill diverse niches, from carnivorous predators to tiny, mouse-like planigales, some even excelling in gliding many metres between trees.

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